Do-It-Yourself Water Fountains

Making a water fountain, whether for indoors, in the garden or on the patio, is a lot simpler than you might imagine. You can make almost any watertight container into a fountain, which means do-it-yourself fountain enthusiasts can be as creative as they like when designing water fountains. One of the most popular and timelessly elegant homemade water fountains uses ceramic pots or vases. At its simplest, a homemade water fountain uses a single pot, but you can make a unique water fountain from several.

Homemade water fountains are simple to make, and they bring the cooling element of water into the landscape.

Step 1

Inspect the bottom of the ceramic pot for holes, such as those for drainage if the pot was designed as a planter. Fill holes with silicone sealant and leave the sealant to dry according to the sealant manufacturer's stipulated drying times. This kind of fountain can be placed on a porch or patio or even in the garden, so long as there is a power outlet nearby.

Step 2

Place the submersible fountain pump inside the ceramic pot and run the electrical lead over the back of the pot. Set the water flow meter of the pump to half-strength. You can adjust it if needed later.

Step 3

Attach the hose to the hose nozzle on the pump, located on the top of the pump or protruding from the side. Cut the hose so that it extends up to 2 inches shorter than the rim of the pot.

Step 4

Attach the fountainhead to the end of the hose. A fountainhead is a small attachment that makes the water flow in different formations, from bell fountain sprays to star or shower sprays. They are typically 2 to 3 inches long. If the hose is a bit flimsy, or the height of the pot is too high for the hose to stand upright unassisted, cut a length of galvanized wire and wrap it around the hose so that the fountainhead stands upright in the middle of the pot.

Step 5

Obscure the fountain pump with stones or crystals, or a mixture of the two, ensuring that the pump hose remains unimpeded. Fill the pot with water to around 1/2 inch under the rim.

Step 6

Plug the electrical cord of the pump into a power socket and turn the power on. The water will flow up through the pump hose and out the fountainhead. If the flow of water is too strong or not strong enough, remove some of the stones to access the pump's flow meter and adjust it until the desired water flow is achieved.


  • Don't leave young children unattended near fountains.